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Inside the T20 Revolution Wins Wisden Cricket Book of the Year 2020


Polaris Publishing are delighted to announced that Tim Wigmore and Freddie Wilde have won the hugely coveted Wisden Cricket Book of the Year Award 2020 for their book Cricket 2.0: Inside the T20 Revolution.

Published in hardback last October to critical acclaim, Cricket 2.0 tells the story of how an old, traditional game was transformed by Twenty20 and how this format moved from being a gimmick to the face of modern cricket. On Cricket 2.0, Alex Massie who judged this award, writes in the 2020 edition of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack (which is published on April 9th):

“This book is really the first history of a cricketing revolution. Twenty20 might have begun as a bit of a joke, a piece of whack and giggle not to be confused with the real thing. But in 15 or so years, it has become the game’s pulsating driving force. There is, as the authors make clear, no going back…

[They] have produced a fascinating book, essential for anyone who wishes to understand cricket’s new age… They have spoken to dozens and dozens of the world’s leading cricketers and, more than any other book, got under the skin of how T20 is played, and why... The ultimate takeaway – you realise by the end of this intelligent, absorbing, detailed survey of where and how we have reached this moment in the history of the game – is that soon, perhaps sooner than we think, T20 and Test cricket, already diverging, will be seen as cousins rather than siblings. Cricket 2.0 will not be with us for long; 3.0 is already in development. While we wait, Cricket 2.0 is the Wisden Book of the Year.”

Tim Wigmore says: “Twenty20 cricket has become the most popular format of the sport, but has remained little understood. Our book was a chance to explore how it has changed cricket and the skills, strategies and stories of how it is played – reading and researching it was a lot of fun. It's a huge honour to be in such great company in winning the Wisden Book of the Year, and we hope the book leads readers to see the format in a new light."

Freddie Wilde says: “When we set out to write Cricket 2.0 we gave ourselves the broad task of chronicling the history of the Twenty20 format on and off the pitch. We hope that the book in some part achieves this objective, taking new fans and lifelong followers of cricket closer to form of the game that has transformed our sport. Winning Wisden Book of the Year and being recognised alongside so many great books and authors is a great accolade. Although Tim and I wrote the book it would not have been possible without generosity of the more than 80 players, coaches, administrators and analysts who kindly gave us their time in many hours of interviews and for that we are very thankful."

About the Wisden Cricket Book of the Year Award:

Wisden’s Book of the Year is selected by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack’s guest reviewer. All cricket books published in the previous calendar year and submitted to Wisden for possible review are eligible. The award started in 2003, so Cricket 2.0 is the 18th Wisden Cricket Book of the Year winner. A list of previous winners can be found in the Wisden Honours section of www.wisdenalmanack.com The 2020 edition of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack is published on April 9th, 2020 and is available from www.wisdenalmanack.com/2020

About CRICKET 2.0: Inside the T20 Revolution:

Cricket 2.0 tells the story of how an old, traditional game was transformed by Twenty20 and how this format moved from being a gimmick to the face of modern cricket. Using exclusive interviews with those at its heart, Tim Wigmore and Freddie Wilde chronicle this revolution with insight, forensic analysis and story-telling verve.

The iconic captain Brendon McCullum, England’s T20 visionaries Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler, and Trinidad’s Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine, all of whom rose to become among the first T20 millionaires, explain how they shaped T20 – and how it shaped them.

Test greats Rahul Dravid and Ricky Ponting recount what a seachange T20 represented, and decode T20 strategy. AB de Villiers explores the limits of modern batting. The Afghan phenomenon Rashid Khan shows that T20 superstars can now come from anywhere.

Venky Mysore, the cricket revolutionary you have never heard of, reveals how the game is changing off the field. Through a prism of compelling human-interest stories and featuring interviews with more than fifty players and coaches, Cricket 2.0 examines how a cocktail of globalisation, new aggressive tactics and huge investment are changing the sport faster than ever before. It also analyses the myriad ways in which a traditional game has been revolutionised for ever, both on and off the pitch. Told with vivid clarity and insight, this is the extraordinary and previously misunderstood story of Twenty20 cricket and how it is shaping the future of the game.

Cricket 2.0 features forewords by Michael Vaughan and Harsha Bhogle, as well as exclusive interviews with figures including Jason Gillespie and Ricky Ponting.